The National Geographic Institute "Engineer Alfredo Gomez Obiols" is an agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA). It is the public agency dedicated to generate reliable geographic and cartographic information for the development of the country both in public and private sectors. It is an internationally recognized scientific institution. It facilitates geospatial technology products and services.
The National Military Geographic Institute of Ecuador is a Technical Institution within the Ecuadoran military. It was created to develop the national mapping and the geographic and cartographic files of the country. It also develops services in the scientific field of astronomy and earth sciences to support military operations and defend the national sovereignty and development.
In October, the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) ratified a bill allowing the government to enhance its efforts to design and launch satellites and satellite carriers. Three years after Russia launched Iran's first satellite in 2005, another satellite --jointly designed by Iran, China, and Thailand -- was launched into orbit by China.